General Chemistry Program

The General Chemistry program at the University of Kentucky includes 11 courses. With so many courses, there are many people involved in teaching and supporting the courses.  During each semester (Fall and Spring), we have an average of

  • 2000–2500 students
  • 8–10 instructors
  • 35–40 teaching assistants
  • 35+ exams including over 1000 questions

Tasks like calculating course grades take time and we get many emails each day. To help all students as efficiently as possible, include enough information in your email so we can act on it.

The General Chemistry Program recognizes the high cost of textbooks and works to lower those costs whenever possible. Some courses use textbooks from OpenStax or LibreText, which are Open Educational Resources (OER) that are freely available online. The instructors, Department of Chemistry, and University receive NO compensation (money or in-kind contributions) for your use of these materials or purchase of a print copy (OpenStax). Some instructors make their notes available at a local print shop but receive NO compensation from your purchase.  These materials are always available free on the Canvas course site.
The lab manuals for CHE 111 and 113 have been written over the years by many people within the Department of Chemistry which owns the copyright to those materials (unless otherwise noted in the lab manual). A small royalty fee (~$1) is added to the cost of each lab manual. This money goes to the Department of Chemistry, NOT any individuals, and is used to fund needs within the Department and General Chemistry program.
All course material posted in the syllabus, on Canvas, or in any course tool is copyrighted. Therefore, transcribing or recording and then selling, publishing or posting any of the lecture material presented in class is strictly prohibited. This applies, in particular, to “professional” note-taking services and companies that publish such material on the internet, in any written, audio, or video format. Students must obtain permission from the instructor to create any audio or video recordings of any class activities. Violation of this policy is considered an academic offense.


CHE Courses